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TECH177-0110 : Fundamentals of Small Animal Anesthesia Module 1
Darci Palmer, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia) and Brenda Feller, CVT, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia)
January 6-February 12, 2010
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings, January 12, 19, 26, and February 2, 2010; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
This is module 1 of a 2 module course designed to provide the foundation principles of canine and feline anesthesia. The series will present a systematic approach to anesthesia case management starting with the basic essentials in module 1 and ending with anesthetic complications in module 2. Participants will be exposed to a multitude of case scenarios that will help them manage anesthesia more efficiently. At the end of the series the participant will be prepared to collaborate with their veterinarian on the development of an anesthesia protocol that is tailored to meet the specific needs of the patient.
Darci Palmer has been working specifically in anesthesia since 2001. The majority of her experience comes from working in a university setting where her primary duties were to assist in the instruction of 4th year veterinary students during their anesthesia rotation. Brenda Feller, as a student at Michigan State University developed an interest in anesthesia. After graduation she worked in a general practice for a few years before moving on to the Anesthesia Department at the University of Illinois Veterinary College. Here she honed her skills and anesthesia became a passion. She has furthered her interest at a specialty practice where her main focus has been anesthesia and pain management.
All members of the veterinary support staff may join the course and its discussions; however, this course is focused towards the technician who routinely deals with anesthesia case management. Veterinarians are highly encouraged to enroll with their veterinary technicians to work as a team in anesthesia. Module 1 is a required prerequisite for Module 2 to help insure a complete understanding of the basic principles of anesthesia before learning how to develop an anesthesia protocol. These modules are approved CE for those applicants applying for their VTS (Anesthesia).
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to discuss and interpret
Week 1: Anesthesia Machine and Ventilators
Content: In the initial week we will concentrate on the parts of the anesthesia machine including an in depth discussion about function and proper use, selecting the appropriate breathing system, setting up and pressure checking the machine. We will also cover the parts and function of a ventilator as well as specific terminology associated with ventilators and ventilation.
Week 2: Airway Management
Content: We will cover in depth discussion on the types, parts and function of endotracheal tubes; advantages of utilizing an endotracheal tube; selecting the proper endotracheal tube; steps for intubation and proper cuff inflation; extubation and complications that can arise; alternative techniques for intubation; complications from intubation; and cleaning and storage of endotracheal tubes.
Week 3: Monitoring and the Anesthesia Record
Content: The importance of monitoring a patient under anesthesia and the purpose of an anesthesia record are essential for proper patient care. We will include discussion on the types of monitoring equipment available to assess the central nervous system, cardiovascular and respiratory systems as well as miscellaneous parameters and how to interpret what the numbers are saying. Finally, we will cover the limitations of monitoring equipment and the assessment of post-operative pain.
Week 4: Pre-operative Period
Content: In this last week we will take an in depth look at what information should be gathered about the patient in order to formulate an anesthesia protocol and how to determine ASA status. Pre-operative considerations such as fluid therapy, IV catheterization, and fasting will be reviewed. Intra-operative considerations and patient specific considerations that relate to specific breeds or age of the patient will complete this week.
LIBRARY MATERIALS: Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS: Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.
CE HOURS: 6
$120 ($108 early bird special if registered before December 23, 2009).
*Enroll in both Modules before January 12, 2010 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price. *Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status). You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.
** NOTE: Enrollment will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session
**The Participant's Resource Center includes all you need to know about online CE with VIN and VSPN.
Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator
VSPN CE Services: VSPNCE@vspn.org
1-800-846-0028 or 1-530-756-4881
Charlotte Waack (Charlotte@vspn.org); ext 193
Chris Upchurch (Chris@vspn.org); ext 197
Darci Palmer (Darci@vspn.org); ext 179
Debbie Bess (DBess@vspn.org); ext 178
Nanette Walker Smith (Nanette@vspn.org); ext 187
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